sexndotherdrugs asked: Hi there I'm mostly innocent to Wiccan traditions about honoring holidays so I was wondering what I do to celebrate Yule properly
The Winter Solstice (Yule) is the darkest night of the year. It is this night that the Holly King and the Oak King do battle. The Oak King wins and will remain in power until the Holly King returns on Midsummer.
Traditional aspects of Yule are similar to Christmas. But particular spells that are appropriate are those for peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness. Traditional incenses include pine, cedar, bayberry and cinnamon. But some things you can make on your own to honor the holiday include Yule sachets.
In a small pouch add equal amounts of:
- Juniper berries
- Orange peel, grated
- Orris root
- Cinnamon sticks
Tie the bag shut with a cinnamon stick or small bell. You can also make a special Yule altar oil.
- 4 drops pine oil
- 2 drops orange oil
- 2 drops cedar oil
- 2 drops juniper oil
- 2 - 3 small lumps of frankincense, finely ground
And of course you can have a “Yule” tree. Only instead of colored balls, you could hang pentacles, Holly sprigs, acorns, runes, and other traditionally pagan items.
While a liquid soap dispenser is very convenient, a good old solid bar of soap is a much ‘greener’ option, as it’s more concentrated and doesn’t require a plastic bottle. But squishy, wet soap bars next to the basin are a pain, and they harbour bacteria too. So, what to do? Young designer Nathalie Stämpfli has come up with a very satisfactory solution with her Soap Flakes soap holder. It takes an ordinary bar of soap, and shaves off tiny soap flakes every time you want to wash your hands.
Brilliant! The main reason I don’t like bars of soap is because I don’t want to rub a slippery germ fest on my body that someone else has been rubbing on their body. This would probably do the trick
PLUS this would make a lot of people stop using brand name cancerfests (aka liquid soaps produced by big companies) and start supporting local/poor POC supporting themselves with soap businesses. I know there are a few on tumblr and I always wanted to buy their soap but I hate bar soaps because my mobility issue means I can’t hold onto a soap bar when it’s wet/pick it up when it falls etc etc it’s a disaster.
This is not a disaster though. This is brilliant.
Anonymous asked: While I like the sea/ocean sea witching just isn't for me. I much prefer the desert. Are there any desert witches or desert-centered spells and rituals?
I was asked about this a couple of weeks ago. unfortunately, there isn’t much information out there for desert witchcraft. I’m sure there are witches who center their practice around the desert and natural materials and lore associated with it, but I’ve never been able to find any resources for it. my suggestion would be to start your own desert witchcraft practice.
ladywitchking asked: Do you know/ could you share a little about urban witchcraft? I'm really instantly drawn to the idea
here are some resources for you!
- Urban Witchcraft – A Definition
- Urban Witch Kit: What You Need on the Go
- Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living by Melusine Draco
- Sophisticated Spells for the Urban Witch by Lucy Summers
I also suggest looking into cottage witchcraft, which is focused in/around the home.
"So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide"
"If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t contaminate it."
For cider lovers who want an easy way to serve your favorite drink to impress.
You will need:
- Large apples
- Lemon juice
- Apple cider
- Optional: cinnamon, star anise or cloves
Cut the top of the apple and around the outline with a knife. Empty it with a spoon and sprinkle with the juice inside to prevent rust. To finish, fill it up with the apple cider. You can also add cinnamon, cloves or star anise spices to enhance flavor.